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Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss (AMPHL) 2015 National Conference Information

We look forward to your arrival to the University of Michigan in beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan. The 2015 AMPHL conference is shaping up to be a great one! We have a diverse group of keynote speakers, presenters, and exhibitors eager to educate and demonstrate the latest topics and equipment relevant to deaf and hard of hearing medical professionals and students.

There is also an incredible array of medical interpreting seminars available for our interpreters and interpreting students – CEU’s will be provided for the Interpreter Track workshops. We are also excited about the first ever opportunity to test out different assistive devices, including amplified stethoscopes, in the clinical simulation room with its state of the art clinical mannequins.

Presentations will be accessible for our conference attendees with both American Sign Language interpreters and CART providers available as needed. Interpreter Track workshops will be in ASL only.


 We recommend parking at P2, P3, P4 and P5 parking garages located next to the University of Michigan Medical Campus along 1500-1540 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. We will provide parking vouchers to defray the costs of parking on Friday and Saturday. Parking vouchers will be given out at the AMPHL registration desk. We do encourage you to try to arrive a little bit early to locate an available parking spot on Friday. Weekend parking will be easy to find, but Friday may be more challenging due to the increased employees during the workweek.

When you enter into the hospital, ask the information desk for directions to the Towsley conference site. We will have interpreters present for those who may prefer ASL interpretation and there will also be signs to help point you towards the conference site. – from the front lobby of the hospital Follow the Orange Signs .

Directions to the conference site

 Towsley is located in the southern central part of the medical campus. The link is http://www.med.umich.edu/construction/Visitor-Map-Guide.pdf. A picture is shown below (on next page) with an arrow pointing to it. Information desk staff will be able to point you in the right direction in case you are unsure where to go. – from the front lobby of the hospital, Follow the Orange Signs


Ann Arbor is a diverse town so we are blessed with an extensive list of cuisines, comparable to a much larger city. I would encourage you to check out this link to see possible options in our area at http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g29556-Ann_Arbor_Michigan.html, especially the downtown area, which is only a six block walk from the medical campus and has all types of restaurants.

Please be aware that there will be food provided at the conference. We will have light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Saturday only, and light dinner appetizers during Friday’s networking session. The hospital also has a large cafeteria with a wide variety of different food options. We also have Subway and Einstein Bagels next to the cafeteria for a quick bite. If you are interested in walking to restaurants near the University of Michigan medical campus for lunch on Friday or Sunday, I would encourage looking at these options:

  1. Angelo’s at http://www.angelosa2.com
  2. Zingerman’s at http://www.zingermansdeli.com (a famous Ann Arbor landmark and near Kerrytown Farmers Market and food district with many other options and a great grocery store)
  3. Jimmy John’s at https://online.jimmyjohns.com/#/menu (on East Ann Street)
  4. Casey’s Tavern at http://www.caseys-tavern.com

We are also planning a Saturday evening dinner get-together at the Cottage Inn Pizzeria Banquet Room for those of you who want to network more. A pizza buffet includes salad, bread, assorted pizza (including gluten free options), drinks, and coffee. Cost will be $16.32 per person (includes tax and tip). If you are interested in attending this, please notify us for reservations ­­at chrroy@med.umich.edu. You are welcome to show up even without pre-registration, but having an estimated number of attendees will help them serve us all more quickly. Consider bringing cash for this night to simplify payment. We hope to see most of you there.


 For those of you staying at the dorms or at the Holiday Inn Ann Arbor, there are several transportation options. The Holiday Inn provides free shuttle buses to the University of Michigan Hospitals and also to different locations in downtown Ann Arbor. If you are taking this shuttle to the conference, we suggest you have the shuttle drop you off at the front entrance of the hospital and ask for directions to Towsley Center.

The North Quad dorms are located a short walking distance from the conference and next to downtown Ann Arbor. You can see the medical campus from the dorms, and any passerby on the street can point you towards the main entrance to the hospital.


Any of the University of Michigan affiliated buses are also free to use. There is an app that you can download called the “Magic Bus” at http://mbus.doublemap.com/map.

The city buses (“The Ride”) cost $1.50 per way. You can look up further information at http://www.theride.org. Both are very reliable and safe options.

Walking and Running Trails

The University of Michigan Medical Campus is located next to many miles of bike and walking trails through a large botanical garden and parks along the Huron River. For more information, please go to http://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/see/NicholsArboretum.asp.

A group run will be available at 6 am on Saturday morning for those who are looking for an early morning run with fellow attendees. It will be along the Huron River. More information will be provided at the conference on Friday.

We hope everyone has a safe trip to Ann Arbor and looks forward to another great AMPHL conference!

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Michael McKee, M.D., MPH

Philip Zazove, M.D.

Mel Whalen, Ph.D., LP

Christa Moran, NIC, MEd

West Resendes

Julie Dearing, RN

Conference Chairs

Bring Your Technology

We’re very excited if you’re coming to the Ann Arbor 2015 AMPHL conference May 15-17. It promises to be a wonderful event. We will be having a widespread range of activities, including the presence of mannikins in the Clinical Simulation Lab where people can listen to various heart sounds, etc. Thus, we strongly encourage you to bring your technology and gadgets (stethoscopes, listening devices, alerting devices [if small], etc) to the conference. This will be useful not only in the Clinical Simulation Lab and Sam Atcherson/Tina Childress’s lab presentation, but also other presentations as well, and it promotes networking and sharing stories.

Look forward to seeing you soon!


One Week Away Update

The 2015 biannual AMPHL international conference is only 1 week away!

We continue to have ongoing new registrations and the conference promises to be one of the biggest ever with many exhibitors and sponsors.

Most exciting, we anticipate people from all over the world will be in Ann Arbor that weekend for the conference. All of us are looking forward to catching up with old acquaintances and meeting new ones, in addition to the various presentations and seminars (including two in the Clinical Simulation Center), we will have presentations by two renown keynote speakers. We also have a “fun run” planned through the arboretum (right next to the building where the conference is being held), and will have time for people to explore the beautiful University of Michigan campus and downtown Ann Arbor with all its eateries and entertainment.

For those of you who have signed up, get ready for a great experience. For those of you who haven’t, it’s not too late to do so. We will be accepting new registration up until the day of the conference.

See you all soon!


April 2015 

6 weeks to go before the AMPHL 2015 conference!

We’re getting steady signups for the conference, which promises to be a phenomenal weekend in beautiful Ann Arbor, on the University of Michigan campus.

By the Huron River, and next to a vibrant college town, the setting couldn’t be nicer, nor the speaker schedule more interesting. We have a range of activities planned as well, including a networking session and several renowned keynote speakers.

In addition, we’ll have use of the Clinical Simulation Lab this year for some unique experiences. We’ll have full access with CART and ASL interpreters at sessions. Lots of things are planned, and the conference should be a wonderful experience for all.

If you haven’t signed up, go ahead and do so now, before the cost goes up in May.  You can easily register online at Eventbrite and pay all at once.  No checks, stamps, or envelopes needed 🙂.

If there are any questions, or if you have particular needs, please let me know at philip.zazove@amphl.org.

Philip Zazove, MD


March 2015

We are becoming increasingly excited about the conference. Registrations are coming in daily, and we are also getting more sponsors and exhibitors! Meanwhile, the schedule is set, and the conference committee is hard at work on the details. Remember, we will also have the use of the Clinical Simulation Unit, which will be a unique experience.

Please note that Friday at 5 pm we will have an hour for networking. We are planning this to allow people to meet and network with health care providers of all types, and for students to meet/learn from experts in the field the student is interested in.

Ann Arbor is a phenomenal place. It’s a regular on many top 10 lists of best places in America. It has a huge variety of restaurants, cultural events, sports events and is within easy driving distance to Detroit.

Hope to see all of you there!

NOTE:  Dorm rooms at our specially reserved price must be booked by this Friday, March 20, 2015.  After that, they will be released to the general public.  Attendees may still be able to book, but we make no guarantees, as there are many other conferences in town at the same time.  If you want a dorm room, please book it now!

FEB 2015

Your conference planning committee has been hard at work and the conference is steadily taking shape.  We are very excited.

Ticket sales are proceeding rapidly, so it promises to be a well-attended meeting.  We also have an increasing number of sponsors, who will be providing information to attendees about their areas of expertise.

The schedule is up and posted both under the “Schedule” tab and below here, for your convenience.  You’ll see that we have a variety of speakers from a variety of health professions.  We also have some presentations that will be using the Clinical Simulation Center – a unique setting where there will be simulators of various types that attendees can learn from.  For example, we will be practicing how to do a “Code Blue” using interpreters and Deaf medical doctors.

We also have established a scholarship for students to help defray some of their costs.  More information will be posted soon.

If you haven’t signed up, do so now before the price goes up.  And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Philip Zazove, M.D.
Michael McKee, M.D.
Mel Whalen, Ph.D., LP
Christa Moran, NIC, MEd
West Resendes
Conference Chairs

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